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Truck Racing champions ready to battle at Brands Hatch

Friday, November 06 2015

Two titans of Truck Racing began preparations for a titanic title fight at Brands Hatch today (Friday), ahead of this weekend's final rounds of the British Truck Racing Championship at the Kent track.

Reigning champion Mat Summerfield is on course for his fourth consecutive title, but will need to beat ten-time champion Stuart Oliver, who is just two points behind. The Burton-on-Trent driver feels that this is his toughest challenge yet.

"To clinch the championship again this year will be absolutely monumental, amazing really," Mat said. "People don't realise how tall the order is that we're up against. We've got Stuart, who's an excellent driver and multiple champion, experienced beyond all belief. He's got an ex-FIA Championship-winning truck that's been built by a team of proper race engineers, whereas ourselves, we're all very professional and we try and do the best we can do for the job, but we're all self-made, so to do it, the proud factor will be through the roof.

"We'll do what we can do, and try not to change everything. A lot of people will say 'you need to try this and this', but hang on a minute guys, we need to just service what we've got, keep doing what we're doing and then it'll be what it'll be."

Rival Oliver is taking a similar approach, and hopes that this will be rewarded with an unprecedented 11th British championship. "The strategy, as with all through the season, is to take it as a weekend," he explained. "Ultimately Sunday night will be the decider where we're at in the championship, but to try and look at it from a championship-winning weekend, we've got to keep that out of our mind and just race as a normal weekend. Hopefully we'll get extra points over and above Mat to secure what we need for the championship. The big picture will come together on Sunday night."

PowellMeanwhile in the Division Two class, former champion Steven Powell, from nearby West Kingsdown, could clinch his second title on the opening day of the event, as he has a 33-point advantage over Luke Garrett. He's hoping that he can celebrate on Saturday night.

"It would be fantastic'" he said. "We won it in 2011, but we'd already done it by the time we got here, so it wasn't quite as exciting. If we can put it to bed on Saturday it'll be good, as then we'll have a relaxing day on the Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it; we've got some really good sponsors this year that are local as well, so it'll be great for them.

"I can do it tomorrow, so if I have two good results then we'll do it. I'd rather not wait until Sunday as it's another sleepness night!"

The weekend will also see the final rounds of the Legends Cars, Pickup Trucks, Motorsport News Saloons, Tin Tops and Intermarque championships, which complete a 20-race programme of track action.

Main raceday Sunday will also feature a host of off-track family-themed entertainment, including marquees packed with fun for kids of all ages, fairground and sidestalls, monster truck rides, MINI YoungDrive taster sessions, showtruck display and parade and a VIP gridwalk. After Sunday's racing has finished there will be a huge fireworks display at approximately 5:00 pm.

Tickets for Truck Racing and Fireworks at Brands Hatch on 7/8 November are available on the gate for £14 on Saturday and £23 on Sunday, or £8 on Saturday and £12 on Sunday for 13-15 year-olds, with free entry to under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.